While marijuana possession laws have greatly changed in many states, it is still very much illegal in Indiana. I.C. 35-48-4-11 makes most marijuana possession a Class B misdemeanor in the State of Indiana. This means that you could face a potential jail penalty of 0 to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000.
So how do most marijuana cases come about? Typically, they result as the result of a traffic stop. Most cases have a police report that indicates the officer smelled burnt marijuana upon initiating the traffic stop. This usually leads to a further search of the person or the car and eventually the marijuana. In order to initiate the search and stop the officer must follow certain constitutional rules in order for the State to have a good case against you.
Having an experienced lawyer on your case to make sure the stop and search are legally valid can mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal. If you have been charged with marijuana possession in St. Joseph County, Indiana contact my office at 574-966-0433 to discuss your case.